The 2016/2017 Concept Schools’ Speech and Spoken Word competition was held on March 11th in Indianapolis Indiana.  Under the leadership of Clare Brooks, Director of Social Studies, students performed in four categories addressing the theme: The Time Is Now #ElectToSpeak.  It was a truly amazing day, the students proved just how fearless and powerful they are and the messages that they had to convey.  There were so many great performances that the judges had a really hard time deciding the winners which resulted in several ties in the categories.  

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And the winners are…

Free Form:

1st Place – Leaishe Shannon – HSA Lorain

2nd Place – Justin Baynes – CMSA

3rd Place – Robert Norton III – HSA Cleveland High School, Mylsha DeJarnetter – Michigan Math and Science Academy, Lizee Decker – HSA Toledo


1st Place – Daniel Johnson-GSA Fyler

2nd Place – Hana Samad – HSA Cleveland Middle School, Violoa Atkinson – HSA Lorain, Ayatallah Palmer – IMSA North

3rd Place – Franheona (Frenchie) Johnson – HSA Cleveland High School

Persuasive Speech:

1st Place – Kaylayna Glover – HSA Cleveland High School

2nd Place – Yakai Kamara – HSA Columbus High School

3rd Place – Montserrat Mayren – IMSA North

Team Event:

1st Place – Ayattala Palmer, Paris Warsaw, Jordan Hill, LaTavia Rivers – IMSA North

2nd Place – Indigo Ballard, Tim Brown – HSA Toledo

3rd Place – Victoria Jackson, Kendra McVay-Howard, Aallyah Jones, Khalia Lucas – Michigan Math and Science Academy

For more information about the event and pictures of the winners go to the Spoken Word website http://socialstudies.conceptschools.org/spokenword/ (keep checking for more pictures and videos).  You may also go to twitter and search for photos @Concept English #electtospeak.